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Book Review: Who’d Have Thought It? By Christine Webber

Genre: Contemporary Fiction This book is packed with interesting characters. There are friends, lovers, and families and lots of entangled relationships between the individuals. The characters are so well drawn, it’s easy to imagine the book as a TV serial drama. The story centres around GP Annie Templeton who finds herself single in her fifties… Continue reading Book Review: Who’d Have Thought It? By Christine Webber

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Book Review: Buy Buy Baby by Helen Mackinven

Genre: Contemporary fiction Having read and enjoyed Helen Mackinven’s first book Talk of the Toun, reviewed here, I had positive expectations for this one. I wasn’t disappointed. The plot is essentially a quest. It is narrated in alternate chapters by two women Carol and Julia. They are both on the same mission. They want to… Continue reading Book Review: Buy Buy Baby by Helen Mackinven

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Book Review: Talk of the Toun by Helen Mackinven

Genre: Contemporary Fiction It’s 1985 in central Scotland in this pre-coming of age story by debut novelist, Helen Mackinven. And it’s an impressive debut. A natural storyteller, Mackinven presents an, at times, claustrophobic (in a good way), sharply observed story of growing-up, of the early teenage years of Angela and Lorraine, of the ups and… Continue reading Book Review: Talk of the Toun by Helen Mackinven

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Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

Genre: Contemporary fiction I had already read a previous book by Angus Peter Campbell, Archie and the North Wind,  I reviewed it here. So I came to read this one expecting great things. I wasn’t disappointed. The writing is lyrical. Yes, there are smatterings of Gaelic, but this in no way interferes with the reading of the… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

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Displacement: From the Hebrides to the Middle East and back

The reasons behind the plot and settings of my second novel When I wrote Displacement, I wanted to explore what knocks people’s lives off course, what pushes them out of their normal place and space. I also wanted to examine the consequences of both physical and emotional displacement. In other words i wanted to look… Continue reading Displacement: From the Hebrides to the Middle East and back